Angelou Research Center Fall Lecture to Focus on Helping Physicians Improve Their Performance

November 14, 2005

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wally R. Smith, M.D., associate professor of medicine and chairman of the Division of Quality Health Care at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak to area physicians about improving their performance and making better decisions in patient care during a lecture on Nov. 17 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine is open to the public and local health care providers are encouraged to attend. Continuing Medical Education Credit will be offered.

Smith received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Alabama. In addition to teaching and conducting research, Smith is co-director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

Smith’s talk, “Changing Physician Behavior: Theory, Evidence and Practice,” will be held at 8 a.m. in the conference room on the ground floor of the Nutrition Education Center Wing. For information, contact the Angelou Research Center, (336) 713-7600.


Wake Forest University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 category 1 credit toward the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he or she actually spends in the activity.

The medical school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Media Contacts: Jim Steele,, Shannon Koontz,, or Karen Richardson,, at (336) 716-4587.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine and its other related enterprises including the Piedmont Triad Research Park. The Medical School is ranked 4th in the Southeastern United States in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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